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In the case of the introduction of Russia’s sanctions a full of the detriment of Georgia could make four billion lari (about 88 billion). This was announced by the Minister of economy and sustainable development of Georgia Natia Turnava, writes “Georgia Online”.
According to her, more than half of the total losses would have on tourism. Nearly 1.7 billion lari, the country was lost when blocking money transfers. “Also, our wine exports, agricultural products and mineral water, which exceeds $ 300 million (846 million gel — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) annually,” said Tarnawa.
She added that Adjara was beginning to feel the lack of tourists. However, the Minister noted that Georgia is not strongly dependent on the Russian market and Russian guests. “But it is still important for our tourism industry. We must not forget about family hotels, ordinary citizens who were waiting for these tourists, and today we see exactly this problem”, — said Turnava.
Earlier in July, “Kommersant”, citing a source in the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs said that air links with Georgia can be restored. According to the interlocutor of the edition, this problem may occur if Russophobia in Georgia will stop and the authorities will be consistent.
On 9 July the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the possibility of economic sanctions, and said that wouldn’t do it out of respect for the Georgian people. This decision is welcomed as official Tbilisi and the country’s population.
A ban on direct air links with Georgia entered into force on 8 July. The corresponding decree Putin signed in June after a wave of anti-Russian protests in Tbilisi.
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